Just back from the CIPR post-7/7 Rebuilding Hope conference in Leeds. It was an unusual, moving event which clearly touched everyone who attended; it also highlighted frailties in many conceptions of PR in a way that merits careful thought.
For me, two speakers stood out for their quiet dignity and sheer emotional power of what they said.
Six months ago, neither Robert Webb or Tuhel Miah could have imagined they would be addressing such a conference; both, I am sure, sincerely wish they had never had the occasion to do so. Robert, a PRO at Cardiff City Council, lost his sister Laura on July 7. Tuhel is a Muslim living in Beeston, the area of Leeds where three of the bombers lived.
The grit in the oyster was provided by Darcus Howe, whose spiky and provocative contribution brought vivid contrast into a challenging day. My own contribution tried to offer a framework for thinking about some very difficult ethical issues - which is exactly what I intend to do right now.